Have you noticed that women control most of the Pasar Tani((at Serbakas Commercial Centre) business in Miri?
Having a nice evening out in Pasar Tani every Friday evening is a nice past time for me . If you are not bothered by the smoke and the narrow spaces you can actually enjoy the weekend market. By spending some of your money there you are consciously supporting the actual food producers like the coconut garden owner from Bekenu and the fruit garden owners from Sibuti. To me most of the more senior vendors have been doing their small trade very independently for a long time and the fact that they have survived shows their determination. Thus we should all the more support these small businesses.
Sometimes my friends and I would meet up just to have teh tarik and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the evening market. We do pick up some vegetables and local fruits on a Friday evening so that we can free up our weekends for other activities.
What I like about Pasar Tani especially is the way many lady hawkers do enjoy explaining about their products when they have some breathing space to chat with their customers. They have a nice way to tell us about their vegetables or where they themselves have come from. I call this my own Travel and Living close encounters.
Today I pay tribute to these ladies who make a difference in my life!!
This lady sells fruits like jaring too which she collects from the secondary jungle of Bekenu besides other fruits and vegetables from her own garden. She is the first person to introduce me to the vegetable called "daun mandai".
This cheerful lady sells small bits of limes and yam or "whatever she can get hold of". She is chatty and cheerful. And a very good source of information if you have the right questions.
This is my Nasi Kerabu lady (the blue rice) and she is already training her daughter to help her in the business.